Digital Presentation Tools


As the saying goes – So many tools, So little time! Creating a list of digital presentation tools is an ongoing task. Here is just a beginning list of the many tools available to educators. Hopefully, you will find one that will suit your needs and your students’ needs.

Remember that if a student is creating an account, there may be age limits or other requirements. Data Privacy and Personally Identifiable Information, (PII) is a concern. Be aware of FERPA too – Do’s and Don’ts for Teachers.  Here are some guidelines and questions to ask when using new digital tools and creating accounts  – Connect Safely.  Also, check with your school or district policies and procedures regarding vetting digital tools for use with your students.

Here we go!

Common Sense Media – There might be some overlap of tools at this site – however, the list is one of the best I have seen!

Adobe Spark’s  design features capture visuals and turns them into social graphics, web stories, flyers, and animated videos and more! It can be used through a desktop or IOS device.

Animoto:  Photos and video can be put together in a professional looking presentation with your own style and music. Customize your photos and videos with text and get ready to present.

Canva is a tool for creating presentations, resumes, graphic design pages, or editing photos online. There is a useful design school section with tutorials, teaching materials and design courses to help users learn more about graphic design.

Go Animate: In less than 5 minutes, you can easily create a professional looking animated video that’ll tell your story out loud. It’s ideal for the classroom because it serves up information in a unique and engaging way, that’ll keep students interested. And, the unlimited subscriptions mean you’ll have complete access to unlimited creation, hosting and download.

Haiku Deck is a cross platform, (Laptop, Desktop,  iPad, iPhone, and Android) slideshow presentation tool that uses amazing layouts/fonts for engaging slides. There is access to over 40 million Creative Commons licensed images and you can also integrate it with Google Classroom!

Photo Peach is an online presentation tool for students for creating slideshows using photos. Students can add background music and text to enrich their slides and easily drag and drop their images in place.

Powtoon is an online presentation tool where you can create animated comic style presentations. It has graphic templates to use that you add your text along with your own voiceovers. Presentations can be exported to YouTube, Vimeo and, even PowerPoint.

Prezi  This one has been around for awhile, however, Prezi keeps reinventing itself. Take a look at the updated features – presentations feature a map-like, schematic overview that lets users pan among topics at will, zoom in and out on desired details, and pull back to reveal context. Videos and images can be added to your own design or you can use Prezi templates.

Thinglink is a tool that creates presentations based on interactive images that are embedded with rich media links. Users can embed audio and video links that pop out from pictures to visually tell a story. One great feature is the ability to create interactive 360° image tours that can be viewed on mobile virtual reality headsets.

Vectr is a free graphics editor that students can use to make imagery and then download for presentations, websites and other projects. The desktop and web app has builtin help tutorials for students too!

Voki  Fun and engaging presentations are created by adding the customizable Voki characters, audio, and images. You will need Adobe Flash 9 for the free version. Paid versions are available too.

There’s more!  Visit Common Sense Media’s Students Presenting  My favorites here are Explain Everything, Educreations, Shadow Puppet, ChatterPix, Showme…OK, the list goes on and on! Check out the video to the left and Have Fun!

Christine Schein

Christine Schein

Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist at Colorado Department of Education
Christine Schein is a Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist with the Colorado Department of Education. She has a Masters degree in Education with an emphasis in Information Technology and School Library Media. Although her undergraduate degree is in Sociology/Criminal Justice and her work experience spans various business fields, her real passion is students and their future as responsible citizens in the world. She has presented at numerous conferences including ISTE, AASL, CoSN, CASE, and InnEdCo. Christine teaches technology integration for Pikes Peak BOCES and has CoSN’s CETL certification.
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